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Saying NO to the Shock Doctrine

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My friend Doug Doulton shared this on his Facebook timeline:  In it, Naomi Klein states: Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing …

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Twitter, or the Olive Branch

Much has been said already about the effect of Social Media in mobilising the youth to grab what hitherto have been intractable and untouchable situations and catapulting them into world view, gaining tremendous moral support from the resulting wave of sympathisers and effecting real change, as has already happened in both Tunisia and Egypt. Twitter of course has been a chief enabler of these waves. We’ve seen it shine in just about every situation since inception, …

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The dichotomy of American foreign policy

I was aghast when I heard Mr. Bush vehemently threatening Russia since the Georgian invasion and I simply couldn’t but draw parallels at the actions that he took in both Afghanistan and Iraq. US President George W Bush has accused Russia of “bullying and intimidation” in its military actions inside Georgia. Mr Bush demanded that Moscow respect Georgia’s territorial integrity and withdraw the troops it sent in a week ago – or risk international isolation. BBC …

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Obama’s Middle East

It doesn’t surprise me at all to hear Obama’s unreserved support of Israel, delivered in his speech at the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby. I expected it in fact, maybe to demonstrate his disconnection from the background and descent that dogged him in his campaign. I suppose this will now intensify even more now that he has been chosen and he will direct his full attention to defeating the Republicans’ McCain. But in doing so, he will go …

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Pangea Day

Pangea Day is a global event bringing the world together through film. Why? In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film. For the next 4 hours, the world will be one, in film and art. Please watch and support …

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